Friday, September 7, 2012

Fitness Friday: Changing My Schedule

I'm linking up with Jill's Fitness Friday this week!


This week I went back to work after one month off (really I only work one month the entire summer but I worked July).  My schedule is, shall we say, less than desirable, I typically prefer to work 8-4 or 9-5, but this quarter I am working 10-6 most days with 4 hours of interpreting at the end of my shift.  Not fun.

On Monday Mike and I were going to run 8 miles but that didn't really happen.  I was only able to do 2 miles. 

 The #proof, or lack thereof

I decided that even though I prefer to run in the evening that I am going to have to change my schedule a little bit in order to complete my training runs.  With our marathon less than a month away I really don't want to start skipping/cutting runs short so I decided that I will run in the morning twice a week and run in the evening with Mike once a week. 

I really don't like to run at different times than Mike for two reasons: we train together and safety.  However, I am not running at the wee hours of the morning so it is mostly light out. 

My runs the rest of the week went SO much better.  I ran Wednesday morning and other than my watch being funky the first mile ran at about 9 minute pace the entire time.  Yesterday, Mike and I did our marathon pace run (he ran ahead of me but I could see him most of the time) but I ran it about 30 seconds faster at about 9:15 pace overall.

This morning I ran, my third run in a row and my second run in about 12 hours, and it was my fastest run of the week!  9:01 pace overall and I even hit 8:40 pace the fourth mile.  I think that this new schedule is going to work for me.

I wore my viewsport tank this morning

Obviously, I still prefer to run in the evening and hopefully my schedule next quarter will allow me to do so.  If not at least I know I can change things up in order to get my runs in!

Have you ever changed when you run in order to complete your runs?

31 comments:

  1. Good job getting it in! When I work regular hours, I always ran after work, but I took some time off and found that running in the morning was way better. However, now that I am back to work, its back to evening runs. I have trouble fitting it all in sometimes, but it's worth it!

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    1. Yea I just have to accept that I have to change things around, good thing I'm pretty flexible :)

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  2. Nice! I need to try to fit running in more. If my schedule is a little difficult, I just take a nap. Bad habit.

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    1. Haha I haven't had a nap in forever! I hope you get more running in soon :)

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  3. Ugh I hear you on schedule upheaval. I've been going thru it too. Good for you for being flexible and working it out. Where there's a will there's a way. :)

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    1. Definitely! I'm hoping that next quarter my schedule is better, I'm just upset since I asked for 8-4.

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  4. Yes- I often find myself re-working my entire running schedule (when L's school started, when I started teaching spin certain evenings, etc) ... it's good to stay flexible. Glad you're finding something that will work better for you!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I'm definitely still tired at the end of my day but I'm glad I don't have to run after working :)

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  5. What a great tank!! Love it!! Spa love and happy Friday!

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  6. Great job switching it up! That is not easy to do. You're going to rock Wineglass!!! :D

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  7. I think you might find running before work refreshing and it might grow on you.

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    1. It probably will, I just like being able to run with Mike too. At least I still get to twice a week :)

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  8. Great job getting it in! Sometimes we have to be flexible but it's not always fun. On Tuesday I couldn't make myself get out for a run in the morning, so I ran in the afternoon during my son's soccer practice. However we can get it in:)

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    1. Definitely! Flexibility is key in this sport :)

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  9. Love the shirt! I'm a morning person, so I prefer working out in the a.m.; I love checking off an item on my "to-do list" as soon as I wake up--great way to start the day! During college, my schedule could get funky at times--like 7 a.m. meetings with my Honors project adviser--so then I'd plan to run during the evening. As long as you run, though, it doesn't matter when you hit the pavement. :)

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    1. Exactly! I work at a college so I definitely get the varying schedules, that's why mine is all messed up!

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  10. Judging by your shirt it looks liek it was a good workout!

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    1. Haha well that was an old photo, but yes the back of my shirt did look like that today as well!

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  11. Good job fitting it in! I used to have my own plans until I became a mother, now I run when she lets me which is either really early or naptime.

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    1. I bet that having children changes everything! I applaud all of you mothers (and fathers) out there that still manage to get everything done!

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  12. I'm more of a morning run person but I have to run in the evening during the week because I have to be into work so early. Sometimes it takes a lot to muster up some motivation after work, but I can do it! You'll get used to your new schedule soon and it won't be so weird to you anymore!

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  13. Great job fitting it in! It's so hard, isn't it, to work around schedules? I used to be a totally morning person and loved running in the morning. Now not so much. I often have to change things depending on my work, the kids' school schedule, etc. It's hard at first adjusting to a new schedule but you will get used to it.

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  14. I need to try to do the morning run thing too. Glad that it's working for you! It's encouraging!

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  15. you gotta do... what you gotta do... to get your runs and training in!! Looks like you're doing it well, Jamie!! I have done the same thing in the past!!

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  16. Nice job figuring it all out and making it work. I'm going through the same thing with going back to work after summer break and with the kids back in school. I will always prefer morning runs but 2 evening runs/week hasn't been too bad. It's just so hard to get my butt moving in the evening!

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  17. Pretty soon I'm gonna have to start doing some morning runs...I'm dreading it but I figure the more I do it, the easier it will be! Hopefully... :)

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  18. sounds like we're both early morning runners now! We can do it!!!!!

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  19. I love that you guys train together. We do every so often, but it's definitely not the norm. Lucky you! ;)

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  20. At least it's cooler in the mornings now so hopefully the new schedule won't mes up your training schedule.

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